July 31, 2012 | 1:18 am
In an opinion piece for the Times of London, Tzipi Livni raps the European Union for its failure to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
Conferring legitimacy on terrorist organisations simply because they also have a political wing will not achieve the desired result of moderation; rather the opposite. They will use their force to impose their radical world view on legitimate parties. Who can say no to a coalition partner that has its own army? And dealing with the political wings of terrorism does not marginalise terrorists but only delegitimises the moderates.
The deadly terror attack in Bulgaria was a turning point in the activity of Hezbollah and Iran, and crosses a dangerous line, writes Sebastian Rotella for Foreign Policy.
Iran and Hezbollah have waged a determined campaign to strike their enemies in retaliation for attacks on the Iranian nuclear program and the killing of a Hezbollah chief, counterterror officials say. The offensive led by the Quds Force, Iran’s elite foreign operations unit, has displayed impressive reach and devastating potential. “The Hezbollah-Quds force threat is the big thing worldwide right now,” a U.S. counterterror official said. “There has been a wave of activity.”
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